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  • Writer's pictureSusan Murray

Slapped Wrist!!!

Sorry I have been so bad this year of keeping you updated with what's been going on. I have no excuse, just lazy! There were issues with email connections which kinnda put me off as I couldn't seem to figure out what was wrong. I hope I've sorted it now but please let me know if you are having problems contacting me by email. Having said that my wrist is well and truly slapped, and my New Years Resolution is to write a blog at least every month!

You have my permission to shout at me if I don't.

Anyway quite a bit has been going on regarding awards, competitions and exhibitions since the summertime. Lockdown was a blessing and a curse. It meant I lost some commissions but also had time to do "extra pieces" that I may not have been able to do otherwise.

The first awards of the year were Special Merit Awards from Light Space Time 10th Annual Animal Art Exhibition for double portrait Lottie and Nessa and single portrait Maisy.

I also received Special Recognition from Light Space Time 10th Anniversary Art Exhibition for my Iberian Lynx. Which also was one of the 100 selected for SFS Introducing (Explorers Against Extinction), which ended in an auction and all proceeds going to endangered species. What a great charity!

The piece I think I'm most proud of is "Hurry up Nana, I'm ready for the Park!", which was only due to Covid-19 lockdown and my Sister-in-law having a special birthday and me not having a clue what to get her! She was over the moon with it and I was too, as it was juried into the UK Coloured Pencil Society's Annual Exhibition, received and Honourable Mention award in the professional category of Ann Kullberg's Color Magazine Annual exhibition, and it also was selected to go into the CP Treasures book along with the crème de la crème of coloured pencil artists from around the world.

In September I received a Highly Commended award for the drawing I did of Lisa Ann Watkins' Snow Leopard photo in a Draw with LAW competition.

My drawing of a seeded dandelion "Make a wish" was also juried in to the 2020 UK Coloured Pencil Society's Annual Exhibition. Their on-line exhibition held later in the year, I had 3 pictures "Steen", "Euan in Action #1" and "Brodie" all in the top 30%.

I've been very fortunate this year award wise, I will have to wait and see what 2021 brings me, fingers crossed!!! Hopefully with the Covid-19 vaccinations being rolled out, that this heralds the beginning of the end for Covid, and people will be able to meet their friends and families and more exhibitions will be able to be open. Stay safe everyone

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